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BIG MOMENTS - May 8, 2009: BOS @ CAR

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Boston at Carolina - Game 4

A) Ward's stop, Staal's goal - Looking to grab a commanding 3-1 series lead at home in Raleigh, Carolina's two best players came through early in the first period.

With David Krejci in the penalty box, P.J. Axelsson was given a golden opportunity to put Boston ahead. Off a Carolina turnover, Axelsson broke in all alone on Cam Ward. He deked to his backhand but Ward came through with a tremendous pad save. The 'Canes quickly moved the action back into Boston territory, where Eric Staal found a loose puck in the high slot. Staal wristed a shot that squeaked past Boston netminder Tim Thomas to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Ward's stop and Staal's power-play goal came in a span of 20 seconds and gave Carolina the early edge in Game 4.


B) Savard's power play goal - Looking for their first power-play goal of the series, the Bruins finally came through with the man advantage early in the second period.

The offensive line of Marc Savard, Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder seemed to click this time on the power play. Cycling the puck in the Carolina zone, Savard delivered a nifty backhand pass to Recchi, who was behind the net. Recchi than rushed to the front of the cage and tried to stuff the puck past Ward, but Ward stood strong. However, the rebound kicked to Savard, who buried the puck into the back of the net from a tough angle.

Savard's power-play marker tied the game at 1-1 and snapped an 0-for-17 skid for the Bruins during the '09 playoffs.


C) Ward's glove save on Wheeler - With the score tied at 1-1, Cam Ward was forced to come up with another big save in this series. This time it came on a tough deflection by Boston forward Blake Wheeler.

The Bruins were applying pressure in Carolina's zone and eventually, Zdeno Chara was able to get a shot off from the point. It wasn't the usual heavy shot from Chara, but he got it toward the net and Blake Wheeler was able to get a piece of the puck. Wheeler's redirection was headed for the top corner, but Ward came up with a big glove save to keep the score tied.

Ward wasn't tested much in the game, but his stop on Wheeler through traffic was a key moment in Game 4.


D) Jokinen does it again - After winning Game 3 in overtime, Jussi Jokinen came through yet again for the Hurricanes in the playoffs. Unlike in the previous game, this time Jokinen's goal came in the third period, not overtime.

With the score deadlocked at one apiece, Zdeno Chara was called for a hooking penalty 1:07 into the third period. Having already converted on one power play in the first period, Carolina came through again. Tim Thomas made a solid save on a slap shot through traffic, but he could not control the rebound. Rod Brind'Amour grabbed the puck and threw it in front, where Jokinen was there to give the 'Canes a crucial 2-1 lead.

Jokinen continued his heroic play, as this goal proved to be his third game-winner of the postseason.


E) Samsonov delivers the dagger - With Boston looking for any way to get back into the game and avoid a 3-1 deficit, Sergei Samsonov delivered the dagger into the top-seeded Bruins.

Jussi Jokinen carried the puck into the Boston zone and took a big check from Byron Bitz, but Jokinen was still able to make a terrific cross-ice pass to Samsonov. He then finagled his way past defenseman Dennis Wideman before making an unbelievable move past Tim Thomas, deking to his backhand and roofing the puck into the top corner.

The RBC Center erupted as Samsonov's goal with 5:29 remaining in the game gave the 'Canes a 3-1 lead, one they would not look back on.


FINAL SCORE: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 1









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